In an announcement today, Pink Triangle Press says it will close the print editions of the Xtra gay and lesbian community newspapers in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Pink Triangle Press will focus on developing its journalism website DailyXtra.com.
The final issues of Xtra Vancouver and Xtra Ottawa will appear on streets on February 12 and the Toronto edition of the paper will close on February 19.
The all-digital direction is a result of an eight-month strategic assessment process senior management at PTP began in spring 2014, they said in the release.
“For most of the past year our management team worked with external advisors to arrive at an answer to this question: How can we best use our resources to continue to promote sexual freedom in a financially sustainable manner? We have concluded that a complete transition to digital media offers the best opportunity to continue to engage our audiences over the long term,” says Ken Popert, Executive Director and President of Pink Triangle Press.
The newspaper closures will result in a reduction of 12 full-time employees from the company’s publishing and administration divisions. As a digital publisher, Pink Triangle Press says they will employ 57 people in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.